Friday, 1:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
1605 Tilia, Room 1103, West Village
Dr. Brett Williams, Electric Vehicles & Alternative Fuels Program Director, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation / Assistant Adjunct Professor of Public Policy
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This seminar will provide an overview and selected discussion of electric-vehicle research activities at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Luskin Center for Innovation. These include:
- The secondary use of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) batteries (both for vehicle-to-grid power and post-vehicle repurposing into stationary energy-storage appliances to provide valuable grid-support services);
- PEV regional readiness planning (conducted as the research contractor for the 6-county Los Angeles region as part of a state and federally funded project);
- The economics of workplace and multi-unit dwelling PEV charging for station operators and drivers;
- PEV market dynamics (including analysis of up-to-date sales data for PEVs in the U.S. and California); and
- A survey of new-car buyers about PEV preferences
Among other lessons, these activities inform policymakers and strategic planners about: PEV adoption, charging infrastructure location and financial viability, and innovative new value streams that may help lower the costs of PEVs and energy storage.
Dr. Williams is the EV & Alt. Fuel Initiative Director at the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation and an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Public Policy. At UCLA Luskin he is engaged in regional plug-in-electric-vehicle (PEV) readiness planning, assessing the challenges of charging at workplaces and in multi-unit dwellings, tracking PEV sales and expected supply, and comparing vehicle-to-grid (V2G) and repurposed PEV battery-to-grid (B2G) approaches to providing grid-support, energy-storage services.
Most recently a senior EV and energy researcher at UC Berkeley, he 1) explored electric-fuel implementation with the California Energy Commission, 2) analyzed the energy and GHG impacts of real-world, household use of plug-in and fuel-cell vehicles with Toyota, and 3) investigated PEV battery secondary use.
He received a Ph.D. in Transportation Technology & Policy from UC Davis exploring early market development for plug-in/plug-out hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles and vehicle-to-grid power. While at UC Davis, he taught graduate and undergraduate courses, earned a business-development certificate from the Graduate School of Management, worked for Ford, and received NSF IGERT, DOE GATE, UC Transportation Center, and Eno Foundation fellowships.
Previously, he was a senior analyst for Amory Lovins at the Rocky Mountain Institute, a nonprofit think-tank. There he helped spin off Hypercar, Inc. (now Fiberforge), consulted for automotive and energy firms, and joined the delegation to the 1999 G8 Environmental Futures Summit.